IPL 2022 Qualifier 2, RR vs RCB: Jos Buttler said Shane Warne would be proud of this Rajasthan Royals team after his match-winning 106 not out helped the team reach the final of IPL 2022.
Jos Buttler in action in IPL 2022. (Courtesy: BCCI/PTI)
- Jos Buttler was named man-of-the-match for his unbeaten 106 in Qualifier 2 vs RCB
- Buttler paid tributes to Shane Warne who had led RR to IPL glory in 2008
- Buttler said he was excited to play in the final of the biggest T20 tournament in the world
Jos Buttler was named man-of-the-match after his unbeaten 106 helped Rajasthan Royals crush Royal Challengers Bangalore by 7 wickets and storm into the final of IPL 2022 where they take on Gujarat Titans.
Jos Buttler has been in sensational form this season – during his heroics on Friday, he became the second player after Virat Kohli to hit 4 hundreds in an IPL season and the third after Kohli and David Warner to breach the 800-run mark in a single season.
Jos Buttler is certain to take the Orange Cap home but his eyes will be set on RR’s second IPL title. The first had been won in the inaugural edition in 2008 under the captaincy of Shane Warne who died of a heart attack earlier in the year.
After the Royals secured their second IPL final berth, Jos Buttler paid a heartfelt tribute to Shane Warne.
“Great excitement to be able to play in the final of the biggest T20 tournament in the world.. it’s incredibly exciting. Shane Warne has been such an influential figure for Rajasthan Royals and having led the team to the title in the first season. We will miss him dearly but we know he is looking down on us with a lot of pride today,” Buttler told Star Sports.
Jos Buttler has been on fire for the Royals this summer. In Qualifier 1, he had scored 89 before being run out and then followed it up with his fourth hundred of the season. The English star said he had come to the tournament with low expectations but added that he had a lot of energy.
“I came to the season with very low expectations but a lot of energy. It is very exciting to stand in the final. I had a season of two halves, and had very honest conversations with people really close to me. I was feeling the pressure midway, and it was only about a week ago that I opened up about it. It helped me and I went to Kolkata with a freer mind,” he said.
Jos Buttler has so far scored 824 runs at an average of 58.86 including 4 hundreds and 4 fifties with one match still left.